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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Book of the Week :: Old MacDonald in the City

Let's have a glance at - Old MacDonald in the City by Suzanne Williams.
About the Book: The book rhymes around Old MacDonald, who is a food vendor in the city, who owns a pushcart to sell snacks in an urban park. Whenever Old MacD's back is turned, his cart is swarmed with animals. Increasing numbers of different animals, from one horse to ten ants, everyone tries to steal food from Old MacDonald's corner food cart. How sad!!!

Mice squeak, pigeons coo, squirrels chitter chatter, ants skiddle-skaddle, cats meow... all around the cart's tasty treat. OldMacD tries hard to stop them from stealing his goodies. Poor Guy!!!!!

Mommy thoughts: This is 'sing along' book, featuring plenty of animals, not just counting or naming them, but it 'rhymes with the same sound/action that the particular animal makes. The neigh-neighing horse, bow-bow- 'ing' dog, caw-cawing craws... the list goes on. This is a funny book to read along with your child. I bet they will love mimicking the 'Sounds'.

I always love board books {you must be knowing the reason}. In that sense, this book is not very handy. I personally did not like the illustrations. I agree that the illustrator was able to create the environment- with animals troubling poor oldMacD, but I am sure it could have been made much better. The gloomy face fits oldMac very well. His jaunty beret and vest, and handlebar mustache look funny but suiting the character. Still, I would have loved it, if the animals were having bit more pleasant/smiling face. I must mention, the oil paintings portray 'the mess' very well, along with the behavior of each animal. Acts of thievery are Wickstrom's province and are captured well.

Liya's Take: She giggles when I sing it. She loves to imitate the sounds that each animal makes. She also tries to identify the animals in the pic and count them.

Old MacDonald had a cart, E-I-E-I-O.
 Beside his cart there stood ONE horse, E-I-E-I-O....

Resources: Author's website |  Amazon Link


  1. Thanks for linking up with us at Mom Blog Monday! I am now following you back from So Easy Being Green!
    Very cute blog!!

  2. Thank you for the review. I am out blog hopping. I am all ready a follower. Wanted to say HI. Have a great day.

  3. Hi There! Following you from hop till you drop! Hope you can visit my little blog and follow x_x
    Your baby girl is ADORABLE! My baby girl loves books too!


  4. I have bought the book for my 3-year old son.He really have enjoyed the pictures.Thanks for the idea.

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  5. There are so many stories that we have yet to read. Thanks for sharing this story Liya.
    Happy reading.

  6. Lindsey, Tara, Shanda - Welcome to our mommyhood opera. Glad to link up with you. Hope you enjoy reading us.

    Loral- That sounds interesting. Thank you for sharing.

    Salma- salaam sis. Right, there are numerous stories but insha Allah, we will continue reading as much as we can. :)

  7. Hi dear, thanks for linking up to our weekend blog hop. Hope you come around next weekend. Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

  8. Cute pics, cute books! I especially like that the Old McDonald one is .01 on Amazon. Very nice!

    Dropping off some love from the Wild Weekend hop. <3 Already a follower.

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  9. I am a new follower from the Monday Mingle Hop!

    If you get a chance I would love for you to stop by Me, Him and the Cats


  10. Congrats! You've won The Versatile Blogger Award!



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